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Harmony Inn (Austin Pearce House)

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Austin Pearce House
1856. 230 Mercer St.
  • Harmony Inn (Austin Pearce House)

Built as a summer residence for Austin Pearce, founder of the Pittsburgh, New Castle and Lake Erie Railroad, the brick, two-story Italianate house has been sensitively remodeled as a restaurant. While the lack of brackets and elaborate turnings were unusual for the period, the elongated windows topped by round arches and the building's asymmetrical organization are typically Italianate. Across Mercer Street is the former Bank of Harmony (c. 1860; 239 Mercer Street), another Pearce-run business. The brick building has a handsome wooden fanlight over the central doorway and round-arched windows similar to those on the Harmony Inn framed by elongated pilaster strips.

Writing Credits

Lu Donnelly et al.


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Lu Donnelly et al., "Harmony Inn (Austin Pearce House)", [Harmony, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of PA vol 1

Buildings of Pennsylvania: Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania, Lu Donnelly, H. David Brumble IV, and Franklin Toker. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2010, 185-185.

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